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Health and Diet

Can you share what you eat in a day? Do you ever eat unhealthy foods?

While every day is different, here is an example of What I Eat In A Day.

I strive for variety and try to make sure my meals are balanced, but I don’t stress about it and will never eat a food I dislike just because it’s healthy. Worrying about eating a “perfect” diet seems more detrimental to one’s health than consuming a few grams of trans fat or white flour every now and then.

The foods I crave are usually pretty healthy; however if I’m out with friends, on vacation, or someone surprises me with a not-healthy-in-the-slightest homemade baked good, I’m fine with indulging. Growing up in a big Italian family, food has always been a huge part of my life, and I don’t believe negative feelings like guilt should ever be associated with something that can bring so much enjoyment.

Are you anorexic?

Ugh. I’m not, but I am acutely aware that it’s a suggested search term if you google my blog name, which is why I wrote the following post: Chocolate Covered Katie Anorexic?

Many of your recipes are extremely low in calories. Why is that?

I try to make my recipes relevant for as many people as possible, and I know that many of my readers are watching their weight or cooking for themselves or a loved one who needs recipes that are lower in calories, fat, or sugar.

If I’m cooking just for me, I don’t really ever use xylitol, stevia, or the lower-fat options given in my recipes; these variations are included so that people can make the recipes to fit their own dietary needs. It’s also why I try to include gluten-free options as much as possible and test each recipe with different sweeteners and flours.

Running/Exercise

Do you run every day?

I’ve gone through periods of time where I’ve run too much and where I’ve not run at all, and finally I found a good balance. For more on my relationship with running, see the following post: Why I Gave Up Running.

What other exercise do you get?

I walk pretty much everywhere. Once in a while, a friend will drag me to an exercise class or the gym; but it’s not a regular thing, and I’ve taken exactly zero Soul Cycle classes in my life.

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Do you have a job?

Yes – here is a post on How I Started Blogging Full-Time.

Can you share your stats? How much do you weigh?

I am 5’4 (okay fine, 5’3 and a half). I don’t own a scale.

You mention you’ve lived all over the world. Where exactly have you lived?

I was born in England and have also lived in Philadelphia, Japan, China, The Philippines, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Where should I go next?

Photography

What camera do you use?

Most of the earlier photos on the blog were taken with a Canon Rebel. In late 2016, I switched over to a Canon 5D Mark III. My go-to lens is the 100mm f/2.8L Macro.

Have you taken any photography classes? What tips do you have for someone who wants to take better photos?

Everything I know comes from observation and practice. My biggest tip to readers who want to improve their photos is to practice as much as you can. Read photography books and the manual that comes with your camera, and learn the meaning of terms like “ISO,” “shutter speed,” and “f stop.”

Browse photography forums whenever you have questions. Don’t get discouraged if your photos look awful in the beginning. (Mine did!) Becoming a good photographer isn’t something that happens overnight.

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Blogging

Do you have advice for other bloggers?

Here are all my posts tagged: How To Write A Food Blog.

What’s your favorite recipe on the blog?

Not surprisingly, I am partial to the recipes that include chocolate, such as the chocolate pie, brownies, and pudding cake. I also really love ice cream, especially the Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream or the pistachio ice cream recipe in my cookbook.

The definite reader favorites are the Chickpea Cookie Dough Dip and the Black Bean Brownies. More reader favorites can be found on the right sidebar of the blog!

Can I post one of your recipes on my own blog? Can I use your photos?

I’m ridiculously happy when someone tries one of my recipes. I only ask that you link back to the recipe instead of posting it on your site unless you’ve made major changes, because I have big plans for some of the recipes. But as long as they’re credited, please feel free to use any of my photos.

Is this a vegan blog?

Although all of the recipes on this blog can be suitable for vegans as long as you choose nondairy options for ingredients such as milk of choice, I would guess that most of my readers are not vegans; they’re simply people who enjoy delicious desserts and want healthier versions of their favorite recipes.

Most of my friends who test the recipes are not vegan or vegetarian, and I especially try to get friends who aren’t into healthy food to give me feedback… because if a recipe gets their seal of approval, I know it’s good!

Final Questions:

Is there a way I can get your recipes by email?

Yes, you can click here: Get FREE healthy dessert recipes delivered to your inbox.

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How can I contact you?

I receive hundreds of questions each day, so please be patient with me as I try my hardest to respond to as many as possible! Here are links to the CCK Facebook Page and Pinterest Page. You can also reach out my media team at chocolatecoveredmedia at gmail dot com. Or leave a comment on any one of my blog posts.

Do you really eat chocolate every day?

Every single day. Usually at least twice.

Reader Interactions

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  1. Vivianne says

    Hi Katie!

    Great website and very nice recipes.

    I work at an advertising agency and I would like to use one of your photos for an ad.

    I read that you make your own photos. Could you please contact me or give me your information how I could contact you?

    Thank you in advance!

    Vivianne

  2. Vivianne says

    Hi Katie!

    Great website and very nice recipes.

    I work at an advertising agency and I would like to use one of your photos for an ad.

    I read that you make your own photos. Could you please contact me or give me your information how I could contact you?

    Thank you in advance!

    Vivianne

  3. Katie Long says

    Hi from another Katie! 🙂 I just got an e-mail that the “Healthy Frosting Shots” recipe I pinned from your blog had to be removed. Why is that? I made it once….actually it failed because I didn’t have a good can of coconut milk, but I ended up freezing it and it made decent ice cream! 😉

  4. Katie Long says

    Hi from another Katie! 🙂 I just got an e-mail that the “Healthy Frosting Shots” recipe I pinned from your blog had to be removed. Why is that? I made it once….actually it failed because I didn’t have a good can of coconut milk, but I ended up freezing it and it made decent ice cream! 😉

  5. Katie Long says

    Oh, No problem! I was just worried that I had done something wrong! It said you had complained about someone else pinning or repinning the post. Weird!

  6. Katie Long says

    Oh, No problem! I was just worried that I had done something wrong! It said you had complained about someone else pinning or repinning the post. Weird!

  7. Silvia says

    Hi Katie,
    I am very new to your website. In fact, today is my first day. I would like to make some of your chocolate recipes. I was diagnosed with diabetes 2, and have it now under control without any medications!! [from an AIC of 6.5, in three months and only with changing my way of eating I am back at an AIC of 5.9]
    I do not know if you are aware that is a natural sweetener online that can be utilized on your recipes [I will try them with it]. The good thing that I found out about it, it does not have an after taste and do not give you spikes in your blood sugar.
    It is very important to me to do your chocolate recipes because my beautiful granddaughter of 9 y/o was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at 3 1/2 y/o.
    I want to surprise her with your chocolate fudge!
    My best to you
    Silvia
    PS: if you want to investigate this sugar substitute, it goes by the name of LAKANTO

  8. Silvia says

    Hi Katie,
    I am very new to your website. In fact, today is my first day. I would like to make some of your chocolate recipes. I was diagnosed with diabetes 2, and have it now under control without any medications!! [from an AIC of 6.5, in three months and only with changing my way of eating I am back at an AIC of 5.9]
    I do not know if you are aware that is a natural sweetener online that can be utilized on your recipes [I will try them with it]. The good thing that I found out about it, it does not have an after taste and do not give you spikes in your blood sugar.
    It is very important to me to do your chocolate recipes because my beautiful granddaughter of 9 y/o was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at 3 1/2 y/o.
    I want to surprise her with your chocolate fudge!
    My best to you
    Silvia
    PS: if you want to investigate this sugar substitute, it goes by the name of LAKANTO

  9. Andrea says

    Hi Katie! I’m new to your blog and really enjoying it! I see you have a lot of peanut butter and chocolate combo recipes which is the ultimate pairing for me! which one is your favorite? Looking forward to the publication of your cookbook, congrats!

  10. Andrea says

    Hi Katie! I’m new to your blog and really enjoying it! I see you have a lot of peanut butter and chocolate combo recipes which is the ultimate pairing for me! which one is your favorite? Looking forward to the publication of your cookbook, congrats!

  11. Hattie says

    I am soooooooooooo happy I stumbled across your blog!! I am recovering from anorexia but have always adored baking! Strange I know but there you go! Anyhow I love eating healthily but I do still love baking and until now I thought combining the 2 was impossible but not any more!! So Thank you so much and I’m looking forward to trying everything on here!! 🙂 xx

  12. Hattie says

    I am soooooooooooo happy I stumbled across your blog!! I am recovering from anorexia but have always adored baking! Strange I know but there you go! Anyhow I love eating healthily but I do still love baking and until now I thought combining the 2 was impossible but not any more!! So Thank you so much and I’m looking forward to trying everything on here!! 🙂 xx

  13. KG says

    Hello Katie! You don’t have to respond because I know you’re super busy, but I wanted to let you know that I really enjoy and appreciate all the work you put into this blog. I love to try dessert recipes but I find I feel a bit guilty when I see all the sugar and things it takes to make them. With your recipes, I don’t feel so guilty if I pop 3 cupcakes 😉 I just wanted to say THANK YOU!

  14. KG says

    Hello Katie! You don’t have to respond because I know you’re super busy, but I wanted to let you know that I really enjoy and appreciate all the work you put into this blog. I love to try dessert recipes but I find I feel a bit guilty when I see all the sugar and things it takes to make them. With your recipes, I don’t feel so guilty if I pop 3 cupcakes 😉 I just wanted to say THANK YOU!

  15. Kumar says

    I have a recipe titled “Snow Caps.” And I was wondering if you could make a healthy version 9if I gave you the recipe).

      • Kumar says

        Cream: 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt
        Add: 2 ounces melted unsweetened chocolate squares, mixing well
        Add: 1 and 1/2 cups flour, Alternately with 1/4 cup milk
        Stir In: 1 cup rolled oats. Form dough into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased baking sheet. Cool; Remove from baking sheet (I put them in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes).
        Dip In: 1/4 cup milk mixed with 2 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar, then dip into 1 cup flaked coconut. (After this step I chill them for a little longer to make sure that they are firm, and that the coconut sticks-for the most part).

      • Kumar says

        Cream: 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt
        Add: 2 ounces melted unsweetened chocolate squares, mixing well
        Add: 1 and 1/2 cups flour, Alternately with 1/4 cup milk
        Stir In: 1 cup rolled oats. Form dough into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased baking sheet. Cool; Remove from baking sheet (I put them in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes).
        Dip In: 1/4 cup milk mixed with 2 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar, then dip into 1 cup flaked coconut. (After this step I chill them for a little longer to make sure that they are firm, and that the coconut sticks-for the most part).

  16. Kumar says

    I have a recipe titled “Snow Caps.” And I was wondering if you could make a healthy version 9if I gave you the recipe).

  17. Tabitha says

    Hi Katie, what do you normally eat (if anything) before you go running? And how long do you normally wait between eating and running? Thankyou 🙂

  18. Tabitha says

    Hi Katie, what do you normally eat (if anything) before you go running? And how long do you normally wait between eating and running? Thankyou 🙂

  19. trajayjay says

    I’m no bodybuilder, and I definitely couldn’t hang out in a gym for 3 hours (which is usually the time that people who like working out, work out) but I think I enjoy muscular exercise because I have too much energy in my muscles. I think if you eat a lot of carbohydrates, then your muscles get all jittery and you just need to do something with it. For me, I can run, but I also feel a sensation in my pectorals to lift, or my hamstrings and quadriceps to lunge. Maybe that’s how.

  20. trajayjay says

    I’m no bodybuilder, and I definitely couldn’t hang out in a gym for 3 hours (which is usually the time that people who like working out, work out) but I think I enjoy muscular exercise because I have too much energy in my muscles. I think if you eat a lot of carbohydrates, then your muscles get all jittery and you just need to do something with it. For me, I can run, but I also feel a sensation in my pectorals to lift, or my hamstrings and quadriceps to lunge. Maybe that’s how.

  21. Lara Arar says

    Hi Katie! I absolutely love your blog. By far, it is my favorite one. I love desserts more than anything, but I also like healthy-eating. And when I read your blog, I discovered that they can walk hand-by-hand, so I just want to say “thank you” a million times. Or more than that.
    OH, and I tried your Double brownie batter pancakes, and it couldn’t be more perfect. I can’t wait to try your other desserts….
    And… I was curious about one thing. Can you tell me how many calories you eat in a day? Like, to maintain your weight. Thanks again!

  22. Lara Arar says

    Hi Katie! I absolutely love your blog. By far, it is my favorite one. I love desserts more than anything, but I also like healthy-eating. And when I read your blog, I discovered that they can walk hand-by-hand, so I just want to say “thank you” a million times. Or more than that.
    OH, and I tried your Double brownie batter pancakes, and it couldn’t be more perfect. I can’t wait to try your other desserts….
    And… I was curious about one thing. Can you tell me how many calories you eat in a day? Like, to maintain your weight. Thanks again!

  23. kate flynn says

    How do you get your squash to be formed spaghetti strands? i have attempted on several occasions both microwaved and in the oven and both times it comes out mushy!! i ate it as the taste was the same but not what I was aiming for 🙂

    kate
    x

  24. kate flynn says

    How do you get your squash to be formed spaghetti strands? i have attempted on several occasions both microwaved and in the oven and both times it comes out mushy!! i ate it as the taste was the same but not what I was aiming for 🙂

    kate
    x

  25. Hilda Burnett says

    I love all your recipes and find them delicious, healthy, and simple! However, some of the recipes such as baked beans, and sloppy joes are high in sodium. Do you have any suggestions to lower the sodium such as a soy sauce substitute (vegan Worcestershire sauce)? I also like that you include nutrition info. I will be buying your cookbook when it comes out for myself and my daughters. Keep up the good work!

  26. Hilda Burnett says

    I love all your recipes and find them delicious, healthy, and simple! However, some of the recipes such as baked beans, and sloppy joes are high in sodium. Do you have any suggestions to lower the sodium such as a soy sauce substitute (vegan Worcestershire sauce)? I also like that you include nutrition info. I will be buying your cookbook when it comes out for myself and my daughters. Keep up the good work!

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